It’s unfortunate that Luca di Montezemolo is stepping down from his role as chairman of Ferrari after spending the last two decades turning the company around. What’s more unfortunate are the circumstances leading to his leaving the company. However, he is set to go out with a bang as Ferrari will launch one final, super-exclusive car on October 12th, just one day prior to him handing the keys to Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne.
This super-exclusive model will be a special edition dedicated to Ferrari’s 60 years in the U.S., which is odd considering one of his key complaints is that Ferrari is “now American.” Despite the irony, this model will carry all the attributes Montezemolo desires for Ferrari; it will be limited to only 10 units and will cost a royal fortune. Specifically, Montezemolo told Automotive News it will carry a roughly $3.2-million price tag. In addition to its massive price tag, the Ferrari head went on to say that the model is already sold out.
In a rather un-Ferrari-like moment of candidness the outgoing chairman continued to elaborate on the future model, saying that it will come painted blue with white stripes. Those of you who know Ferrari racing recognize this as the color scheme of the North American Racing Team that piloted Ferrari cars in the 1960s, `70s and `80s.
Obviously, Montezemolo went back into secretive Ferrari mode after giving up those details, as he failed to announce which Ferrari product will bear the special-edition status and what the automaker will name it. Despite the lack of information, all signs point toward the F12berlinetta being the model to carry this special badge, but that is unconfirmed.
I guess we’ll just have to wait for the official debut on October 12th.